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PostFederal Troops in Law Enforcement: The Little Rock Nine (Bienvenido Macario, USA, 11/05/18 2:50 pm)
In Richard Hancock's post of November 3rd, JE asked: "Aren't US troops specifically prohibited from engaging in domestic law enforcement?"
On September 4, 1957, troopers from the 101st Airborne Division escorted nine African-Americans chosen to attend the all-white Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas. President Eisenhower did use federal troops in a high school to enforce federal law.
JE comments: One crucial difference is using troops in the service of good (Eisenhower) vs whatever you might call Trump's militarization of the southern border. Certainly it's nothing history will smile at. Today's reports have armed vigilantes joining the Border Brigade. One can only imagine their level of adrenaline.
A correction: The nine students had originally attempted to enter the school on September 4th. They were turned away by an angry mob and the Arkansas National Guard. Only on September 25th were the federal troops sent to protect the students.